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A couple of weeks before he died, Mike received the Pro-Life Recognition Award from the National Pro-Life Religious Council, and the Cardinal John J. O’Connor Award from Legatus for his 40 years of pro-life service. O’Connor was the courageous New Yorker who quietly opened AIDS treatment facilities and prayed with patients. Because he upheld the church’s moral teachings, he endured hate and even spitting. He was one of Mike’s heroes.

For several years, Mike served as Concerned Women for America’s director of government relations. When I agreed to work for CWA in 2001, Mike was a big reason. If a stand-up guy like him could do it, so could I. We joked for years about the mild flak we got. Mike’s favorite line was, “If you’re a woman and you looked like me, you’d be concerned, too!”

On Thursday, an overflow crowd at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, Md., said goodbye to one of the most decent, kind and wise men ever to enrich our lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to Rose Ann, their four grown children and seven grandchildren.

As for Mike, I have no concerns about where he is right now.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.